Our dining room is close to complete, it still needs drapes on the doorwall and art on the walls, but it’s mostly done. One big future reno project that we’d like to do is install French doors and replace the less than stellar doorwall.
In my fireplace makeover post, you saw the updates that we made with paint and the addition of some IKEA cabinetry and book case. We’ve added a rug, some furniture, and a funky metal sculpture hanging over the mantel. Opposite of the fireplace and right next to the peninsula in the kitchen, we have a table and chairs. All of the furniture, including the rug, is from IKEA. What can I say, we shop there a lot! We also bought a cute little metal trashcan there that works as great storage for logs for the fire. Once the winter decorations (trees and snowmen) are put away, the mantel is going to be quite bare. I’m planning on checking out the local thrift shops for finds that I can spray paint. I’d like a big ceramic tiki, but we’ll see what I can find.
While this room will hold the entire family for holidays, it seemed a terrible waste of space to keep it as a dining room only. So we’re calling it the cafe instead. The small table and chairs work great for us for meals with just the two of us and it’s been great for board gaming as well. Having it right next to the kitchen counter is great space for extra game pieces that we need access to, but don’t want cluttering up the main space. And the two chairs and coffee table in front of the fireplace have been wonderful for reading by the fire and relaxing. Even Pixel likes the space, she’s often found lounging in one of the chairs while we’re at work. Other times, she likes to photo-bomb pictures for the blog.